Curriculum

We aim to provide the best possible opportunities for the growth and development of each child by ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum. We follow the National Curriculum in all subjects areas apart from Religious Education. Religious Education:
“Catholics believe that Religious Education is not one subject, among many, but the foundation of the entire educational process. The beliefs and values it communicates should inspire and unify every aspect of school life”.
(Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, 1988)

Our first aim, as a Catholic school, is to teach the children how to live as Christians with dignity and purpose, within the traditions of the Catholic Church. We aim to work in partnership with parents developing and strengthening the children’s gift of faith.

The school has in the past followed the ‘Here I Am’ religious education programme. All classes now follow the Year of Faith, which has Religious education materials specifically for this academic year.

Daily collective worship takes a variety of forms. Assembly and class prayers are focal points which are vital in the life of the school. Whole school masses are held at the beginning and end of each term. On Holy Days of Obligation which fall on a school day, the whole school attends Mass with the Parish in Sacred Heart and Saint John the Evangelist Church.

There are also regular opportunities for liturgical and para-liturgical activities. The school has very strong links with the Parish of Sacred Heart and Saint John the Evangelist. Father Jim, the Parish Priest, is a regular visitor to school.

Assessment:

Teachers assess the children’s progress to inform planning. Assessment is ongoing and part of everyday teaching. In addition to this, some standardised testing is used to monitor individual progress.

Standardised tests are carried out annually, in English and Maths from Year 2 to Year 5. Year 6 children take standardised assessments (SATs) each year in English and Maths.

Complaints about the curriculum:

Parents who feel they have a complaint about the delivery of the curriculum should, in the first instance, approach their child’s class teacher to discuss the matter. Depending on the outcome of this discussion, it may be appropriate to refer the complaint to the Headteacher. The school always works in partnership with parents to resolve any conflict and we welcome comments and suggestions.

Homework:

Homework is intended to provide pupils with the experience of working by themselves, to consolidate or extend work covered in school and to develop the habit of private study.

Parents can help their children by encouraging and supporting them. Listening to them read, checking presentation, revising multiplication tables and spellings and asking them to explain the work they have been doing. The amount of homework given increases as the child progresses through the school. Details of homework for each academic year will be outlined by class teachers during our Meet the Teacher meeting. See the website for weekly homework for years 3 to 6.

Home work will not be set when a child is ill or when on holiday during term time.